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by Tim V
Thu Apr 22, 2021 11:07 am
Forum: Other Workshop Practice
Topic: My Workbench
Replies: 7
Views: 478

Re: My Workbench

Very tidy Will! Here's a couple of pictures. I keep the soldering station completely separate from the main work area, I found tools were getting rusty. And following some tips from David Brandreth, I've tidied up my fluxing activities. IMG_0804[1].JPG A couple of low energy lamps, need to be replac...
by Tim V
Tue Apr 20, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021
Replies: 92
Views: 7108

Re: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021

One thing that has come out of the Pandemic, the old way of doing things (including S4M) does not 'fit' with the new world.
by Tim V
Tue Apr 20, 2021 12:39 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021
Replies: 92
Views: 7108

Re: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021

Agree with Noel. Just because we have actual events, some people cannot come because of distance, accessibility, time, infirmity. It is not beyond our ability to set up web cams/screens. If we get those much missed lectures back, we could use the same room as a Zoom workshop. Can you imagine, the le...
by Tim V
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:07 pm
Forum: Exhibitions
Topic: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021
Replies: 92
Views: 7108

Re: Virtual Scalefour North International - 17th and 18th April 2021

Just watched the Buckingham video, which was actually more informative than running through a sequence!

I have Peter Denny's book PECO book from 1972, plus I'd seen Leighton Buzzard (Linslade) at shows, but the video made it all clearer.

Thanks Tony
by Tim V
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:23 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 219
Views: 25225

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Doesn't that depend on how the GW press is set up? It has adjustable stubs - for different length axles.
by Tim V
Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:20 am
Forum: DCC
Topic: DCC - current reading to help a complete novice
Replies: 12
Views: 701

Re: DCC - current reading to help a complete novice

Back in the old days, PECO used to run a DCC day down at Beer, you could try all the manufacturer's systems. Then sound came out (the last year I went) - it was deafening in there! There is no substitute for hands-on experience of DCC, once things return to some normality, look at systems on other l...
by Tim V
Fri Apr 09, 2021 1:27 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblock cut out question
Replies: 25
Views: 1280

Re: Hornblock cut out question

I referred to John B's article, not for the use of the Brassmaster's hornblocks (though they are very good), but because by matching the coupling rods to the wheelbase (not the other way round!), a duff chassis can be rescued, even from the scrap bin.

I have done it more than once.
by Tim V
Thu Apr 08, 2021 11:41 am
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Hornblock cut out question
Replies: 25
Views: 1280

Re: Hornblock cut out question

Difference in height of the hornguides (not blocks)? Should make no difference. More likely that you haven't matched the centre distance between the hornblocks and the coupling rods, as you cut the holes yourself. This dimension is critical. Before rebuilding the chassis, have a read of John Brighto...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:28 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 219
Views: 25225

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I do model BR(W), the standards, ex LMS locos re-allocated ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 23, 2021 3:59 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 219
Views: 25225

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

Remembering that over that 1/4 mile, one set of rods are loosening, one set are tightening!

I could say something about outside Walschaerts, perhaps another thread ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 23, 2021 12:34 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Shorting Out Wheel tread to axle
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: Shorting Out Wheel tread to axle

Illustrated on my workbench thread!
viewtopic.php?f=105&t=913&start=25
by Tim V
Mon Mar 22, 2021 1:26 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Shorting Out Wheel tread to axle
Replies: 14
Views: 934

Re: Shorting Out Wheel tread to axle

Have you looked in Stores?

I know the EMGS do some very good shorting strips.
by Tim V
Sun Mar 21, 2021 11:36 am
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 219
Views: 25225

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

I’m afraid I am one of those who secure the crankpin nuts on crankpins with a tiny touch of retainer. My belt and braces reasoning is that most of my engines go to new homes and I’d rather not have a customer coming back with an engine that has tied itself in knots because something has come loose ...
by Tim V
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:08 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford

As Tim demonstrated with Whitchurch, a simple circular layout in P4 with fine, well thought through scenery can provide an excellent backdrop for a varied procession of trains, a layout which is point less but not pointless. P4roundtuit.jpg The reason why the layout was 'point less' was because the...
by Tim V
Thu Mar 18, 2021 3:01 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford

It's already been done!

Belfield Hall. The layout rotated, the train stood still (depending on the speed of the layout/train). You could get your eye down and get a driver's eye view! Great fun!
http://www.belfieldhall.co.uk/belfield/bher_2.html
by Tim V
Tue Mar 16, 2021 1:58 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford

Asdon & Midport features on 'Another lineside look at model railways' DVD, which also features Petherick. I don't remember it being P4, suppose it could have been.

https://www2.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b8d6c96d0
by Tim V
Mon Mar 15, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford

Whitchurch's first show was Railwells '87. City University (S4M) 1988 A couple of local shows, Keynsham and Brunel in 1989. It went to the AGM member's day in 1992. I was busy with Clutton, but needed a test bed for DCC. Whitchurch was then refurbished and went to Railwells 2003 and S4N in 2004. It ...
by Tim V
Mon Mar 15, 2021 1:10 pm
Forum: Layouts and Operations
Topic: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford
Replies: 21
Views: 1756

Re: Round P4/S4 layout possibly called Midford

Many years ago (nearly 40!) I built a round layout 'Whitchurch Halt'. It appeared at several exhibitions. Diameter of the layout was 9', track was laid to a nominal 4'2" radius. Seen here at Railwells 1987 - which was the very first Scalefour South West. Whitchurch Railwells 1987 OM1 268-004.jpg
by Tim V
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:22 pm
Forum: Lathe Work
Topic: Unimat drive belts.
Replies: 21
Views: 1465

Re: Unimat drive belts.

Used to be a Hoover belt could be 'pressed' into use. Still got a couple kicking around in the drawer. Do you remember those Hoover spares places - I got belts and a selection of motor brushes I was able to file to the right size to refurbish the original motor. Brushes were no longer available for ...
by Tim V
Tue Mar 09, 2021 3:13 pm
Forum: Paul Willis
Topic: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis
Replies: 219
Views: 25225

Re: Airfix 48xx with High Level Kits chassis

For primer, I've been using Upol Acid 8 which I get from Halfords. It's a 1K acid etch, very fine. A lot better than any 'model' primer I have use.

https://www.halfords.com/motoring/paint ... 41124.html
by Tim V
Thu Mar 04, 2021 12:41 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Preventing rust on steel rail
Replies: 11
Views: 847

Re: Preventing rust on steel rail

Bit of a concern. I have track made with steel rail - over 30 years old, abandoned in a garage - no rust.

Technique or storage?
by Tim V
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:29 pm
Forum: Track and Turnouts
Topic: Code 40 rail measured dimensions
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Code 40 rail measured dimensions

2mm Association steel bullhead rail. Measured on a workshop grade mic.

height; 1.04mm

width: 0.545mm
by Tim V
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:24 pm
Forum: Chassis and Suspensions
Topic: Alan Gibson Loco axles
Replies: 37
Views: 3018

Re: Alan Gibson Loco axles

I remember buying lengths of axle from Mike Sharman, it was beautiful stuff to turn. He said it had a high lead content.

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